You know how your various Mets come on the big screen early in the game and tell you not to run on the field and such, and then David Wright caps it off by reminding us that “Mets fans are the greatest fans in the world!”? Here are a few opportunities (besides continuing to support this team through thin and occasionally less thin) to confirm our third baseman’s flattering assessment.
• Saturday, before you go home to your Cablevision household where you will not, as of this writing, be able to enjoy the Mets on Channel 11 (or even if you’re able to see the telecast you’re paying for by some other means), you can give blood at Citi Field. I know, you already give sweat and tears, but the Mets are joining with the American Red Cross on a blood drive from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Caesars Club. Open a vein, help your fellow man and get a pair of tickets for the Mets-Phillies game on September 17. (The Mets maintain a two-game lead on Philadelphia — never mind for what.) Details on the humanitarian effort here.
• On Saturday, September 8, Mets fan Tommy LaBella, who passed away earlier this year at the way-too-soon age of 22, will be remembered at the first annual Tommy LaBella Softball Tournament at D’Onofrio Field in New Rochelle, beginning at 9 AM. Proceeds will benefit the Tommy LaBella Sky’s The Limit Fund — whose mission is to “allow Tommy’s spirit to continue to touch the lives of many by giving back to his community” — and the New Rochelle Little League. There’ll be a silent auction of sports memorabilia and all kinds of fun and games to honor the memory of someone who remains in the hearts of those who knew him best. Visit the fund’s Facebook page here for more information on the event and get a sense of what Tommy meant to his loved ones here.
• Ike Davis, an occasionally threatening presence to National League pitchers (just ask Homer Bailey), is really quite the good-natured lad, and you can help him help others on Sunday, September 9, by attending A Night With Ike Davis (And Teammates), a benefit concert for Solving Kids’ Cancer and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. it takes place at City Winery on Varick Street. Details here.
• Don’t forget our friends who will be running soon to raise funds for the Tug McGraw Foundation in its fight against the scourge of brain cancer: Taryn Cooper, in the New York City Marathon on November 4; and Sharon Chapman, this time in the Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon, on November 10. Give Coop a hand here and Sharon here as they each devote their feet to a great cause.